Teahouses are everywhere in Shanghai–certainly no surprise given that tea is an integral part of the history, culture and daily life in China. Today, the teahouse serves as a meeting place for people to share ideas, just as it has for centuries. The city’s thousands of teahouses, from traditional to modern, offer a wide range of excellent Chinese teas and typically serve light local fare.

To experience the old-school charm of the classic Chinese teahouse, head to Shanghai Old Street, where many of them are clustered. One to try: The Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse, located in the Yuyuan Garden. It’s the oldest teahouse in the city and a visitor favorite (even Queen Elizabeth sipped a cup here several years ago).

Note to coffee drinkers: Don’t despair, as many Western-style cafes, including countless Starbucks locations, also populate the city.

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3-Hour Afternoon Tea and Dessert Tour along the Huaihai Road in Shanghai, Shanghai, null
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3-Hour Afternoon Tea and Dessert Tour along the Huaihai Road in Shanghai

Ever wonder what Chinese people have for afternoon tea? Is it like British style or what? Come and join this unique food tour to discover the secret of Chinese ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.00
Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, Afternoon Teas
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Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Long before the foreign concessions and skyscrapers, Shanghai was a prosperous Chinese town surrounded by protective walls. This 2-hour guided walking tour of ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.99
Experience Shanghai: Small-Group Tea Ceremony, Shanghai, Walking Tours
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Experience Shanghai: Small-Group Tea Ceremony

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience an authentic Chinese tradition during this small-group tea ceremony in Shanghai. Led by a tea master, you’ll sip rare tea, listen to soothing music, ...  Read more

Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.67

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